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Challenge accepted

Challenge accepted

Conference News learns how the Pylon One team helped Identity execute COP26.


Due to the possible challenges of the event, such as the Scottish Event Campus’ (SEC) large campus and Covid-19 travel restrictions, the design and planning of COP26 began in April, while the team’s onsite work commenced in August – leaving ample time for any onsite alternations before October.

Approximately 30 Pylon One engineers worked across the SEC to ensure COP26 had both wired and wireless networking, allowing the 120 global leaders to share and exchange knowledge.

To achieve this, the team managed 8,000 switch ports; installed 21km of optic cable and 120km of copper network cable and ensured there were 600 wireless access points, as well as four 10Gbps of bandwidth. Pylon One also provided 600 laptops to deliver a site-wide print solution.

To help with its onsite network delivery, Pylon One partnered with IT and networking brand CISCO systems, who helped the Pylon One team deliver and install over $5m (£3.9m) of equipment. In addition, Vodafone supported the testing and operation of Wi-Fi for COP26.

A sustainable approach

The primary topic of COP26 was, of course, sustainability, and Pylon One needed to embed this value into its delivery. Therefore, the Pylon One team ensured that all of its equipment and cabling were either reused, recycled or maintained as legacy by the SEC.

John Houchin, director, Pylon One, said: “Sustainability was a key factor in the planning, across all delivery areas. From small changes such as limiting air travel, right up to working with the electricity provider to deliver renewable energy to the event site. Identity contracted Event Cycle to monitor and manage this element of the event and we worked closely with them on our areas of the event delivery.”

He added: “While the events industry is moving towards becoming more sustainable, what has changed is the requirement and ability to quantify and report on real sustainability goals and the impact of the event in real world terms. This will become more important and working with sustainability specialists such as Event Cycle will become normal and not just on the larger projects,” he added.